December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 20, 2013
Some true superstars of Norfolk’s cultural scene have been highlighted in nominations for a very special award - and now it is over to you to vote for your favourite champions of the arts.
For the past month we have been asking people to submit entries for the EDP People’s Choice Award, which is part of the second annual Norfolk Arts Awards and is to be held at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry in October.
Now we can reveal the shortlist for each of the three award categories which from today are being put up for a public vote online.
Last year the Norfolk and Norwich Festival was crowned the EDP People’s Choice Award winner, and this year the prize has been split into three categories - best individual, best small organisation and best large organisation.
Theatres, festivals, individual artists and many more people and places flying the flag for the Norfolk arts scene feature in the 2013 shortlist.
Peter Beck, Norfolk Arts Awards founder, said he was thrilled with the response to the call for nominations and that he hoped even more people would get involved and vote in the next stage of the awards.
He said the shortlisted nominations featured people from across the county and showcased the great diversity of art forms and events that take place in Norfolk.
• To vote in the EDP People’s Choice Award visit www.norfolkartsawards.com
Voting will close on October 11.
The three EDP People’s Choice Awards winners will be revealed at the Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry on October 26.
• The event is part of the Hostry Festival, an annual autumn arts extravaganza celebrating Norfolk which this year is from October 24 to November 3.
For more about this year’s Hostry Festival visit www.hostryfestival.org
The EDP People’s Choice nominees you can vote for in the three categories:
• Norwich-based artist H.J.Jackson’s career in linocut prints spans 60 years, and a lot of his distinctive linocut prints focus on the theme of fishing boats and fishermen on the Norfolk coast.
Mr Jackson was also chairman of Norwich Print Fair for many years.
• Norwich-based experimental printmaker Sally Hirst uses a range of techniques to create her prints, including collagraph, relief and screen printing. She is currently interested in ‘ghost signs’ – old signs that still can be seen, but are not in use anymore.
• Press and communications expert Steve Forster, who runs Norwich-based SFP Communications, has been involved in promoting regionally and nationally events such as the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Holt Festival, as well as performers including the band The Neutrinos and the open access singing group The Voice Project, and the East to Edinburgh scheme.
• Dance teacher and choreographer Tina Vallance runs Dereham-based Jaya Dance which teaches and performs Bollywood and Bangra dance across Norfolk and beyond, and promotes positive multicultural experiences for young people.
• Joe Mackintosh is chief executive of Seachange Arts, in Great Yarmouth, which is responsible for the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, an extensive training and education programme in the town’s Drill Hall, and a number of special projects throughout the year.
• Self-taught artist Phil Daniels, who lives in Cawston, is well-known for creating a number of the ape sculptures in the GoGoGorrillas! trail through Norwich - including the Alan Partridge-inspired gorilla - and he has been a big supporter of project which is raising funds for children’s charity Break and the Born Free Foundation. Many of his paintings feature wildlife scenes and landscapes, and his work has been displayed in collections across the globe.
• Joseph Ballard is the artistic director and chief executive of North Walsham community arts venue The Atrium which offers cinema, theatre, classes and exhibitions. He has been running the venue since 2012, writing and directing productions for young people and producing a community showcase with more than 90 people involved.
• Sally Christopher was the general manager of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s Spiegeltent which this May brought nine days of shows featuring an array of weird and wonderful acts to Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich.
• Norwich-based musician Simon Brown is a jazz pianist, arranger, composer and collaborator. His diverse work encompasses Norwich Jazz Club, various jazz trios and quartets, weekly teaching to pupils of all ages, and charity concerts.
• Cartoonist, writer and illustrator Gemma Correll is based in Norwich and trained at Norwich University of the Arts. Her illustrations have been put onto cards by stationery chain Paperchase, and onto t-shirts by Urban Outfitters and Top Shop, and she has illustrated a number of books.
• Holt Festival takes place in July each year. The 2013 festival line-up featured Germaine Greer, The Proclaimers, John Major, John Hegley, EnsembleBash, Goddard Nixon Dance, Ayanna, The Britten Sinfonia and the Rhodes Piano Trio.
• Norwich Puppet Theatre, based in Whitefriars, in Norwich, has been running for more than three decades. The theatre produces and hosts shows for people of all ages, and is one of only a handful of dedicated puppet theatres in the UK. The theatre also has an extensive education programme of workshops, schools performances, master classes and touring work.
• The Atrium in North Walsham is a mixed-use community arts venue offering theatre, dance and art workshops, as well as programming touring productions and staging in-house shows.
• Stew Studios, Gallery and Print Making Rooms, based in Fishergate, Norwich, houses artist studios, a large gallery for local and national artists, and print rooms for screen-printing. Established by Norwich University of the Arts graduates, it has become an important asset to young artists in Norwich.
• Norwich Print Fair is a city showcase of Norfolk-based printmakers, primarily at St Margaret’s Church in St Benedicts Street and The Forum. The organisation is run by volunteers and displays the work of about 30 artists each year in their September and January/February shows. Artists include H.J. Jackson, Martin Mitchell, Rob Barnes, Sarah Bays, Kerri Buck.
• The Wharf Academy, based in Oak Street, Norwich, offers music tuition in numerous disciplines including singing, piano, guitar, drumming, saxophone and music theory as well as running short courses and a youth choir.
• Cromer Pavillion Theatre produces one of the last end-of-pier shows in the UK, the Cromer Seaside Special. The 510-seat theatre also produces a year-round programme of theatre, comedy, variety and music.
• Future Radio, based in Mottum Road, Norwich, is part of Future Projects which is a community based charity. Future Radio is run by minimal staff and has a large number of volunteer DJs, presenters, programme-makers and technicians. It attracts 42,000 listeners each month.
• Hungate Medieval Art is based in the 15th century church of St Peter Hungate in Norwich. The charity exists to promote medieval art in East Anglian churches through exhibitions, research, events and a learning programme.
• Gallery Plus is a gallery and artist studio based in Wells and run by husband and wife team Trevor and Jo Woods. The gallery exhibits work by both local and national artists and recently staged an exhibition of work by H.J.Jackson, as part of his celebration of 60 years in printmaking. Visitors are also welcome to visit Mr Woods’ art studio.
• Norfolk and Norwich Festival is annual festival that each May brings acts from across the globe to the city and parts of the wider county for a 16-day arts extravaganza. The festival was last year’s EDP People’s Choice Award winner.
• The Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts each September brings international acts to Great Yarmouth to entertain people in the town’s parks, venues and open spaces.
The 2013 programme featured 35 artistic companies from the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and beyond.
• Norwich Theatre Royal is a 1300-seat theatre with a 250 year history. It is one of the most commercially successful provincial theatres in the UK, and each season hosts a mix of musicals, drama, ballet, opera and more, and produces its own in-house pantomime each Christmas. It also has an extensive education programme which includes the Norfolk Schools Project, bringing opera to young people.
• University of East Anglia this year celebrates 50 Years. For half a century is has provided education and training in the arts as well as other subjects, and it has programmed international acts of all kinds at the university for students and the local community to enjoy. In particular the Drama Studio, UEA Orchestra and Choir, The Literary Festival, Nick Raynes LCR and Waterfront Venues, Sainsbury Centre and the 50th Year Celebrations have all contributed to the Norfolk arts scene.
• Together the UEA and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival brought the National Theatre of Scotland’s production Black Watch to the Sportspark in April as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
• Writer’s Centre Norwich provides workshops, projects and resources to writers in the county and beyond. It led Norwich’s bid for UNESCO City of Literature status and is currently developing a new base in St Giles Street for writers.
• The Voice Project is a Norwich-based open-access community choir led by Sian Croose and Jon Baker. The project has performed with thousands of singers from across Norwich and beyond in a range of interesting settings. The choir regularly performs as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.